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Seat Belts And Crashes

During a crash, properly fastened safety belts distribute the forces of rapid deceleration over larger and stronger parts of the person's body, such as the chest, hips and shoulders. The safety belt stretches slightly to slow your body down and to increase its stopping distance.

When a crash occurs, the car buckles and bends as it strikes an object and comes to an abrupt stop - in approximately one-tenth of a second! As the front end is crushed, it absorbs some of the force of the crash and cushions the rest of the car, resulting in the passenger compartment coming to a more gradual stop than the front end.

As the crash progresses, the car's occupants hit some part of the vehicle. At the moment of impact, unbelted occupants are still travelling at the vehicle's original speed and tend to move toward the point of impact, not away from it. Just after the vehicle comes to a complete stop, these unbelted occupants will slam into the steering wheel, the windshield, or some other part of the vehicle interior. Many serious injuries are also caused by unbelted occupants colliding with each other. People in the front seat are often struck by unbelted rear-seat passengers who have become high-speed projectiles

What's not obvious is that even after the occupant's body comes to a complete stop, the internal organs are still moving forward. Suddenly, these organs hit other organs or the skeletal system. This internal collision often causes serious or fatal injuries. And all this occurs within approximately one-tenth of a second!

This information came from an
MCRMSO online article.

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